WBEZ | Claire McCaskill http://www.wbez.org/tags/claire-mccaskill Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sen. McCaskill Hits Political Turbulence; Didn't Pay Taxes For Private Plane http://www.wbez.org/story/2012/2011-03-21/sen-mccaskill-hits-political-turbulence-didnt-pay-taxes-private-plane-84047 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sen-clair-mccaskill.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, was expected to have a difficult 2012 re-election campaign according to the political experts who handicap such things.</p><p>University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato <a href="http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/category/2012-senate/">has her listed</a> as "very vulnerable."</p><p>So the last thing she could afford was to have a story erupt that will give her Republican opponent ready made negative campaign ads, assuming she doesn't have a primary challenge or survives same.</p><p></p><p>Unfortunately for her, that has happened. Politico <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/50957.html">broke the story</a> earlier this month about McCaskill billing the government for the use of a plane she co-owns with her husband.</p><p>White there were no indications of illegality or ethics violations in terms of the flights and McCaskill has said she'd repay more than $88,000 to the U.S. Treasury, a realization of how toxic the story is in the current political climate.</p><p>But on Monday <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51675.html">the story</a> got even more poisonous for her political future. Politico reported that she and her husband failed to pay $287,273 in personal property taxes on the airplane.</p><p>McCaskill is known for being a frequent Twitter user but it <a href="http://twitter.com/clairecmc">doesn't appear she's tweeted</a> on this yet.</p><p>And that's despite obviously having some passionate feelings about the aircraft. A <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51675.html#ixzz1HGladgAT">Politico excerpt</a>:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>"I have convinced my husband to sell the damn plane," McCaskill said on a conference call with reporters. "I will never set foot on the plane again."</p><p></blockquote> Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1300744045?&gn=Sen.+McCaskill+Hits+Political+Turbulence%3B+Didn%27t+Pay+Taxes+For+Private+Plane&ev=event2&ch=129828651&h1=Claire+McCaskill,2012,Congress,Democrats,It%27s+All+Politics,Missouri,Around+the+Nation,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=134742716&c7=1014&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1014&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110321&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=134743939,131551086,130215202,129919600,129828651,125942042&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2012/2011-03-21/sen-mccaskill-hits-political-turbulence-didnt-pay-taxes-private-plane-84047